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Radiation therapy now available at Braselton hospital
Cancer treatment expansion adds convenience for patients facing longer trips
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Certified Medical Dosimetrist Kim Davidson analyzes a test patienton her computer to help the radiation oncology team to treat cancer patients via radiation therapy at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton's new state-of-the-art radiation therapy suite at Medical Plaza 1.

Northeast Ga. Medical Center Braselton

Where: 1400 River Place, Braselton

Phone: 770-848-8000

Websitewww.nghs.com/locations/braselton/

Jenny Pakdaman has enough on her mind without having to deal with the stress of long drives to and from radiation treatment.

Diagnosed with cancer in June, the Buford resident went through several rounds of chemotherapy and began radiation therapies at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. The people there were great, she said, but driving every day to Gainesville and back — well, that was another story.

Now that Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Braselton location offers radiation therapy, she said, “the drive is a whole lot easier.”

The radiation oncology office at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Medical Plaza 1 opened its doors Nov. 9, following an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier in the week.

Jayme Carrico, executive director of oncology services, said the addition of radiation therapy services “culminates our vision of providing comprehensive care to our patients.”

Added Carrico: “We’re thankful for the opportunity to help our patients battle cancer without the added stress of traffic and long-distance traveling.”

Pakdaman, too, is thankful for that.

“It takes me maybe 20 minutes to get there now, and we start (radiation therapy) as soon as I walk in the door,” Pakdaman said. “Within an hour, I’m back home.”

Dr. Malay Rao, a radiation oncologist with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, said “our goal is to minimize or remove not only the cancer, but also as much of the stress as we can. That includes making treatment options as convenient as possible, especially for many of our patients who travel daily for care.”

Located at 1515 River Place, Braselton, the office has three patient rooms and a procedure room as well as separate waiting rooms for men and women. There are also dressing rooms with lockers.

Anthony Williamson, president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, said the addition of radiation therapy services expands care options for the medical facility.

“We want to be able to provide the services our cancer patients need,” Williamson said. “We have a comprehensive team to treat this disease.”

Added Williamson: “We have been establishing the vision, and we are now seeing it all come together. Patients can get state-of-the-art treatment here in Braselton. The key takeaway is the access that is being provided, and now patients don’t have to travel long distances.”

In addition to Braselton, Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers radiation therapy services in Gainesville and Toccoa. For more information visit nghs.com/cancer.